- an act of defecation.
- Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
- nonsense; drivel.
- falsehood, exaggeration, propaganda, or the like.
- refuse; rubbish; junk; litter: Will you clean up that crap!
- Vulgar. to defecate.
- Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to talk nonsense to; attempt to deceive.
- crap around, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
- to behave in a foolish or silly manner.
- to avoid work.
- crap on, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
- to treat badly, especially by humiliating, insulting, or slighting.
- to cause misery, misfortune, or discomfort.
- crap up, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to botch, ruin, or cheapen; make a mess of.
Origin of crap1
- a losing throw in the game of craps
- another name for craps
- another word for faeces
- (intr) another word for defecate
Word Origin and History for crap around
"defecate," 1846, from one of a cluster of words generally applied to things cast off or discarded (e.g. "weeds growing among corn" (early 15c.), "residue from renderings" (late 15c.), underworld slang for "money" (18c.), and in Shropshire, "dregs of beer or ale"), all probably from Middle English crappe "grain that was trodden underfoot in a barn, chaff" (mid-15c.), from Middle French crape "siftings," from Old French crappe, from Medieval Latin crappa, crapinum "chaff." Related: Crapped; crapping.
Despite folk etymology insistence, not from Thomas Crapper (1837-1910) who was, however, a busy plumber and may have had some minor role in the development of modern toilets. The name Crapper is a northern form of Cropper (attested from 1221), an occupational surname, obviously, but the exact reference is unclear.
"act of defecation," 1898; see crap (v.). Sense of "rubbish, nonsense" also first recorded 1898.
Idioms and Phrases with crap around
Waste time, act foolishly, as in Stop crapping around and get to work. This usage derives from crap in the sense of “defecate.” [Vulgar slang; 1930s”
Trifle with, as in It's time that we all stopped crapping around with the environment. [Vulgar slang; 1940s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with crap
- crap around
- crap out
- crap up
- cut the comedy (crap)
- full of crap